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National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants
INFORMATIONAL LETTER: 100
TO: Superintendents of Schools/Private School Administrators
Please Forward to Food Service Directors and Business Managers
In accordance with Section 7(a)(2) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1776(a)(2)), on October 1, 2009, the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) received a one-time appropriation of $25,000,000 for equipment assistance to eligible school food authorities (SFA) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). This one-time appropriation will be used for the purchase of equipment for schools under the jurisdiction of such authorities.
Please note that these fiscal year (FY) 2010 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants are similar in nature to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5, or “ARRA”) equipment grants awarded in FY 2009, but should not be confused with them.
Maine will receive $76,036 in funds for food service equipment assistance. The funds are intended to be utilized expeditiously; therefore, the timeline for funding allocations and implementation will be very short.
The following is a very quick timeline of the equipment assistance process:
Information on the NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants process and application materials can be found at the following website: http://www.maine.gov/education/sfs/equip.html . If you have any questions contact Walter Beesley at Walter.Beesley@maine.gov or (207) 624-6875.
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